Term Limits Summary & Study Guide

Vince Flynn
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Term Limits is a suspenseful thriller that provides insight into the inner workings of American politics and federal law enforcement. Standard procedures followed by the FBI, CIA, and military Special Forces are all analyzed in great detail. The book focuses on two main characters. The first is Michael O'Rourke, a freshman congressman from Minnesota. A former Marine, O'Rourke is physically powerful and maintains a strongly defined sense of right and wrong. The other main character, Scott Coleman, is a former Navy SEAL and is Michael's friend. In Term Limits, both men are determined to do what is best for their country, but do not initially agree on the best way to accomplish their shared goals.

In Term Limits, unknown assassins are imposing "term limits" on corrupt politicians by ending their lives. After the first three murders, the killers notify the U.S. government that the assassinations will continue unless the group's multiple demands, which include the creation of a balanced budget, national crime bill, and end to the national debt, are met immediately. The killers believe they are acting as revolutionaries, not unlike soldiers fighting in the American Revolutionary War. They are disgusted with the back-room dealings in the White House, Congress, and Senate, and have decided to impose their own rules of order.

As readers attempt to determine the killers' identities, and wonder where they will strike next, many surprises are revealed. Readers gradually learn why the assassinations are being carried out, and just how far some politicians will go to make sure that they can continue "business as usual" in the capital city.

Many strong emotional concepts, including loyalty and patriotism, are explored as readers struggle to understand the motivation behind the extreme behavior exhibited not only by the assassins themselves, but also by elected American leaders, many of whom bear the responsibility of upholding law and order. It is interesting to note that the author thanks actual members of federal law enforcement and ex-military experts for their help and insight into the book's plot developments. As extreme as the action is, Term Limits still reads as a story that could actually happen. Readers will be challenged to question their loyalty to real-life leaders and determine which side they are truly on. The author's message is not exactly black and white, instead preferring to dwell in significant shades of gray that provoke readers to ponder each character's actions and recognize aspects of themselves in the book.

The story is told from the perspective of multiple characters, so readers often know what individual characters are thinking and doing, even when their actions are kept hidden from the others. Term Limits includes a great deal of detailed information about the procedures followed by elite military commandos both within and outside of the boundaries of American law, and bears a strong sense of authenticity that is unusual for a book of this subject matter. The plot is also quite unpredictable. Term Limits readers are constantly kept on the edge of their seats as they wait to see what will happen next.

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